All hospital visitors are recommended to wear a medical face mask. Expand this message for information about visiting hospital.

Last updated:
13 March 2023

Some visitor restrictions for all Te Whatu Ora Waitaha Canterbury hospitals and health facilities remain in place, but we have relaxed others.

There is still a heightened risk to vulnerable people in hospital and so we recommend all people wear a mask when visiting any of our facilities and follow other advice designed to keep patients, staff and  visitors safe.

To keep everybody safe:

  • Visitors or support people must not visit our facilities if they are unwell. Do not visit if you have recently tested positive for COVID-19 and haven’t completed your isolation period.
  • Patients may have more than one visitor, except in some situations such as multi-bed rooms where it can cause overcrowding.
  • Surgical/medical masks are recommended to be worn at all sites. Masks will be provided if you don’t have one.
  • For Specialist Mental Health Services everyone is strongly encouraged to wear a face mask in all inpatient areas and areas where consumers are receiving care (i.e. community appointments, home-visits, transporting people). Discretion may be applied in cases where masks impair your ability to communicate effectively.
  • Visitors must not eat or drink in multibed rooms because of the increased risk when multiple people remove their face mask in the same space.
  • Hand sanitiser is available and must be used.

Thank you in advance for your patience and understanding as our staff work hard to protect and care for some of the most vulnerable in our community.

Visiting patients with COVID-19

  • People can visit patients who have COVID-19 but they must wear an N95 mask – this will be provided if you don’t have one.
  • Other methods of communication will be facilitated e.g. phone, Facetime, Zoom, WhatsApp etc where visits aren’t possible.

All of our Hospitals

Visiting hours for our hospitals have returned to pre COVID-19 hours with the exception of Christchurch Women’s Hospital.

All visitors are recommended to wear a medical face mask.

Parents/caregivers are able to be with their child in hospital and visitors are now allowed, except for the Children’s Haematology and Oncology Day stay where just one parent/caregiver is able to attend their appointment with their child. Exceptions by special arrangement only.

Patients and visitors should also read the additional more detailed visiting guidelines for each specific hospital.

More COVID-19 information

Population based funding 2019-2020

Official information request details

The Canterbury DHB Annual Report 2019/2020, at page 48, disclosed Ministry of Health population-based funding for the year ended 30 June 2020 of $1,565,331,000 (2019: $1,463,233,000).

  1. With respect to the 2020 funding, which I presume is paid in advance to the CDHB, with accounting adjustments to match the revenue to the financial year, can you please advise the amounts received and when they were received in relation to the FY2020 year, and the accounting adjustments which resulted in the reported figure of $1,565,331,000.
  2. In relation to the FY2020 funding, and each tranche which I presume is paid on a regular basis to the CDHB, what information does the MOH provide to the CDHB regarding how those funds were calculated in accordance with the population-based funding formula?
  3. Alternatively, it may be the CDHB does not receive any advice about the PBFF at all and instead just receives tranches of funds as the year progresses. Am I right in that assumption?
  4. May I also ask if you have been advised of any reviews of the PBFF subsequent to the 2015 Technical Report?


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